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The New Orleans Melissa Interview, Part II

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The New Orleans Melissa Interview, Part II
My mom calls every week, "Hey, when am I going to make my television day-butte?" I'm like, "Debut, Mom!" So many times while we were there, I had to tell my dad, "You can't look into the cameras." My dad would look right into the camera and be like, "I'd like to give a shout-out to my boy Terrence." They were just hilarious. The crew people were like, "Melissa, your parents are so natural." Kim: You guys should have a TV show together, the three of you. Melissa: Oh my God, I know. I wanted my parents to stay, but then a part of me didn't. My parents are straight up for real with everybody. Everything I had told them, my dad told them. He's like, "Yeah, Jamie, my daughter, she thinks you're fine and everything." I was like, "Dad!" My mom's like, "So, Matt, you are a Catholic virgin?" And then my mom's like, "Oh, David, why you let Melissa cuss at you like that? I don't let her talk to me like that." I was like, okay, as if David's not already embarrassed, you know. We talk a little bit about what made her decide to try to be on the show. Kim: So, Ruthie [from Hawaii] is what made you realize that you could be on the show too? Melissa: Well, just because she was so normal and she didn't get to be anything but an alcoholic. And I knew full well that there's so much more to her than that. And I just thought about it and went through the history of the show, and I was like, "They need a brown girl. They need one. And I'm bored as hell at my job. And hell, yeah, I wanna be famous!" So, I sat down and I was like, "Hi, I'm Melissa from Tampa. My dad's black and my mom's Filipino." And I had a whole conversation with my mom and dad on my casting tape, but I did the voices. I remember the logger that logged my tape called me at home and was like, "It took us two hours to log a ten minute tape." And I'm like, "Why?" and he's like, "Because we kept passing it around, like 'Look at this fucking shit, oh my God!'" They were cracking up! Kim: So, then you were like, "Dude, I'm on! I'm on the show." Melissa: I got so cocky! I would be at bars, and people would be like, "So, what are you going to do for Christmas?" And I'd be like, "Child, please. I'm going to be wherever they're filming." And they'd be like, "You're on?" And I'd be like, "Shit, man, I've been on since yesterday." Then, when it came down to it, and I thought I might NOT be on the show, I was like, "I'm going to have to move!" Kim: "I'll just have to go away for three months and tell everybody I was on the show, and they won't find out for a while. I'll just tell them I got cut out."

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